A year after plans were rejected by Fenland Council, developers try again to build 62 homes at Doddington

Proposed 62 homes for Doddington

Proposed 62 homes for Doddington - Credit: Archant

A fresh bid is being made to build 62 homes in Doddington – a year after Fenland Council first rejected it.

Whetstone argue they have overcome objections that saw their first application refused and argue Fenland planners should take a “positive approach” to reflect a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The houses are being planned on land east of Bevills Close and north of Eastmoor Lane but when the first scheme was refused councillors had to consider nearly 200 objections.

Ironically Fenland Council own a small strip of land and agreed to sell it to developers to allow the scheme to go ahead.

Cabinet reports from 2009 still remain confidential but minutes record “members received and discussed agreements to facilitate the disposal of a small area of land”.

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Whetstone says their new application “has been worked up in close consultation with both highway officers and planning officers at Fenland Council. A broad mix of house types, tenures has been provided across the private and affordable homes mix”.

The application has only just been registered so villagers and local councillors have plenty of time to study the revised plans and comment.

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The applicants state that Doddington is a growth village and able to support this number of new homes.

Whetstone also claims their consultants have had “successful discussions” with both Anglian Water and Middle Level Commissioners to resolve sewerage waste; they also state drainage is being resolved.

On access- another issue for refusal- Whetstone say the revised plans include parking for an extra three vehicles on a lay-by adjacent to the site access.

Whetstone insists the impact from increased traffic movements from the development will be “minimised by the available traffic speeds through the access area”.

Extra land will be made available to Lionel Walden School for expansion to cope with increased numbers.

And Whetstone argue that an extra 62 homes will boost the local economy for shops and pubs as well as offering people the chance to create extra businesses by working from home or renting premises within the village.

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